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Kansas Pacific


Published 1953
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Run time 1:11:42
Producer Walter Wanger
Production Company Allied Artists Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, b&w

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Reviewer: Reviewer Plus - - December 22, 2014
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Reviewer: seekingclassics - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2007
Subject: Good Pre-Civil War Western
It has the feel of a high-budget movie, starting out with the musical score. In addition to that, it is well written and well acted. The characterizations are fairly strong. If they would have made it a little longer, it would have been more powerful, but they may have had a time limit.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2006
Subject: Now I remember
I've seen this one but forgot about it. It's not bad.
Only one man can fix the border wars of precivil war Missouri and here he is.
Okay, it's not likely, there was a lot of blood shed in reality. But not here.
Go ahead and watch it with your rose colored glasses.
Reviewer: specs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2005
Subject: a good historical fiction movie
I downloade this film about two days ago and was impressed with the acting, story, and plotline. Eventhough it was one of those films grinded out by Allied Artists, they did a few good films one of being this one and the Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn film (the title escapes me at the moment). I recommend the these films (the cooper/hepburn one you need to get on IA). Enjoy.
Reviewer: Jason Landless - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 30, 2005
Subject: A Reasonable Historical Film
This film follows the experiences of a father and his daughter as they work on the Kansas Pacific railroad shortly before the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Sadly for the Union, the Confederates are clever enough to surmise that hostilities are soon to be inaugurated, and so, they aim to sabotage the construction of the track through a carefully co-ordinated programme of fist-fights, assasination attempts, dynamite exposions, and at the end, the use of heavy cannonade against the steam engine itself. All for nothing, as it turns out, because unknown to anyone, the Union sent down to the track-laying operation a single, heroic military man whose brains and brawn could probably take down the Confederacy singlehandedly (had he not fallen in love).

Although this film may seem based on the flimsiest pretext, it is, in fact, an exceptionally well-written and well-directed film. For instance, unlike many films of the day, the characters in "Kansas Pacific" actually undergo plausable changes in their complex as human beings. As an example: at the beginning I was dismayed to see that the daughter's father was one of those "lovable eccentrics" so common in filmology of yore, who was constantly irritable, angry and loud but whom everyone loved because they knew he had a heart of gold - that kind of sentiment. Interestingly, this trait tapered off through the film and the character's annoying elements were muted in consequence of the dangerous experiences in which he was immersed.

I note too that the historical element is not romanticised or unduely varnished, although it does obviously side with the Union and goes some length to villify the Confederacy. Naturally, it takes little imagination to suspect that there were probably quite as many rogues in the Union side as there were in the Confederacy, but fortunately the film does not degenerate into Union propaganda or outright hagiography (at least, not very often).

As an extra interesting dimension to "Kansas Pacific", I also found the music in this film to be of better quality than one might be accustomed. The rollicking, gentle orchestral tones were innovative and suitable to the story - although possibly overused to generate the feelings of nostalgia, harmony and good-will. Nonetheless, I feel them to be superior to the harsh, brassy cacophony one finds in a majority of these lodestones of filmology.

A very worthwhile download, particularly if you enjoy feel-good, all's-well-that-ends-well kind of films where the brawny hero wins over the hapless heroine. This kind of sentiment, though embarrasing in some ways, is a universal constant that appeals to a deep instinct for love, safe resolution and joy in everyone.
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